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A Musical Salon

Great French Composers
Mondays, at 10 am, EDT 
October 23 - December 18, 2023
Registration Status: OPEN

As music evolved through the ages, distinct musical languages and styles began to appear along geographical and cultural lines. Early in the history of western music, France immediately began developing its own sound and traditions. In recent centuries French composers have become synonymous with intriguing melodies and delicious harmonies. Sit back, relax, and join Joe Marchio in an exploration of the exciting lives and lush music of some of France's greatest musical composers! 

Guillaume de Machaut
Jean=Baptiste Lully
Joseph Bologne
Hector Berlioz
Camille Saint-Saëns
Georges Bizet 
Claude Debussy 
Maurice Ravel
Olivier Messiaen
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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

Joe Marchio is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. Joe became Music Director of the Chatham Chorale in 2010. He is also the Pastor and Director of Music of the First Congregational Church of Chatham.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.


Some of France's greatest composers - their creations and their times. Joe Marchio will focus on one composer a week, for the most part.  Each session will last about one hour, with a 45-minute talk followed by Q&A.


Your armchair in the comfort of your home & a good cuppa...
Your computer, tablet, or mobile device 

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Maurice Ravel


  • Each session will cost $15 or listen to the entire series of 9 for $120

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • Upon receipt of payment, you will receive an email with the link to the lecture with instructions on how to login

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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